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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #11: Small Is Beautiful

For this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge, Amy chose ”Small Is Beautiful” for the theme.

I have some wonderful small creatures in my garden. They are all beautiful and keep my life cheerful year round.

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I was surprised by the visit of this beauty. This is Mourning Cloak butterfly by its Common name. The scientific name is Nymphalis antiopa. A very distinctive and charismatic butterfly, best known for its conspicuous activity in late winter, flying and acting territorial before any trees have leafed out or any wildflowers are active.

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Tuesday Photo Challenge – Bugs

The theme for Tuesday Photo Challenge this week is “Bugs.” Even though Frank leaves it up to interpretation, I go with the conventional approach – simply bugs in nature. I included some research information about the butterflies. I didn’t do any search on bees and ladybug.

The first four photos were taken in my backyard. The last two photos were taken in Los Angeles Arboretum.

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I was surprised to see the black wings butterfly. Carolina pointed out that it is Mourning Cloak by its Common name. My research gave me the scientific name Nymphalis antiopa. A very distinctive and charismatic butterfly, best known for its conspicuous activity in late winter, flying and acting territorial before any trees have leafed out or any wildflowers are active.

The Common name for the second butterfly, Danaus plexippus is Monarch. The Monarch butterflies migrate across the Sierra Nevada in both directions, though late-season west-bound migrants are most often recorded.  http://butterfly.ucdavis.edu/butterfly/Danaus/plexippus

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Frank’s Tuesday Photo Challenge – Bugs

Bees and Butterflies in My Garden – Blossoms to Plums

This post was originally posted on March 11, 2017. I worried about the plum blossoms didn’t get pollinated. I was surprised by the visit of the bees and butterflies. Three months after I wrote this post, I’m happy to report that I got about 400 plums from two plum trees. When I went to my poetry class on Thursday, I took about 100 plums with sandwich size ziploc bags, asked the classmates to take some home. At the end of the class, all the plums were taken.

I love plums because of the fiber content. I would like to dehydrate some plums. I ordered a plum pitting machine to take out the pits. I also found a recipe to use regular oven to dehydrate the plums so that I could keep them longer. All I have to do is put the pitted plums in the oven with 125to135for 12 hours. I’ll check on them every hour. I’ve never done that, so I hope that it will work. I added the photos of the plums at the bottom of this post.

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This is my “52 Weeks of Thankfulness” Week 2 at Haddon Musings.

March 11, 2017

What an exciting week in my garden.

I worried about my plum tree two weeks ago because it was the first tree to blossom after the rain. There was no bee attracting flowers close by the plum tree. I manually pollinated the blossoms with a fine paint brush.

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The plum tree is against the retaining wall. There are different plants on the slope behind the wall. I climbed over the wall to look at the plants. I had some bee attracting plants on the slope last summer.  Right now the whole slope is covered by clovers with fellow flowers. Somehow yellow flowers were not my favorite color. I started pulling them out to expose the ice plants with purple flowers, only to discover that they were dead.

Before I got disappointed, there was a shocking surprise. I saw BEES. The bees hovered over the blanket of sixty feet wide yellow clover flowers. I almost wanted to plug the clovers back into the soil. Then I was thinking how to get some clovers close to the plum tree on the other side of the wall. First, I wanted to take a few photos of the bees.

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Suddenly, I caught the sight of some bees hovering over the plum blossoms also. Oh, how excited I was. I felt like the whole burden just fell off my shoulder. Now I could just leave it to the nature. Let the bees pollinate the plum blossoms.

Yesterday morning as I was having coffee and doing reading in the backyard. I caught another exciting sight of butterflies hopping from flower to flower on the plum tree also.

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How thankful I am for the nature. How delightful I am to see the bees and butterflies in my garden this week.

Post note – June 17, 2017

I’m so happy that the bees and butterflies brought 400 plums to my trees!

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Daily Prompt: Blossom

Weekly Photo Challenge – Focus

I usually delete the photos that are not in focus. I’m glad I didn’t have time to delete them all. Now some of the unfocused photos have their value.

At the end of last winter, before most of the flowers bloomed in my garden, I worried that no bees would be there to pollinate my plum tree. To my surprise, the bees swarmed over the clovers behind the retaining wall near the plum tree. I was so excited and took a lot of photos of the bees. Many photos were in nice focus  on the clover flowers and bees.  Since I had to zoom in quite a bit, sometimes my hand was not holding the camera still, and the flowers were unfocused.

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It’s delightful to have many butterflies in my backyard. Most of them are yellow. There was a different butterfly flew in last week. It had different color. I took a few photos. The first one was in focus on the butterfly. The second one, the butterfly was out of focus.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus